Surfing in NSW
Stretching more than 2,000km, the NSW coastline is home to some of the world's best surf beaches. Thrilling tournaments also hit the waves this summer, with NSW Pro-Surf Series events on the NSW North Coast, Central Coast and in Sydney. Newcastle is home to the legendary Surfest and nudie Australian Boardriders Battle.
Visit beautiful Manly Beach in Sydney for more action with the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro. Grab a board and explore these spectacular surfing areas. A register of Australia's iconic surf beaches is kept by the National Surfing Reserves and the following NSW beaches are on the list:
- Manly and Freshwater, in Sydney’s north
- Merewether in Newcastle
- Crescent Head, north of Port Macquarie
- Angourie, near Yamba
- Lennox Head, north of Ballina
- The Farm and Mystics, in Shellharbour on the South Coast
- Cronulla, in Sydney’s south
- Maroubra, in Sydney’s south
The North Coast features some of the best surfing beaches in Australia. White, long sandy stretches emphasised by the bluest of waters highlight the naturally beautiful coast and the many awesome breaks within it. Start off in Byron Bay, a laid-back town with plenty of outdoor adventures.
The beaches of the Central Coast of NSW are spread out from just north of Sydney to Newcastle, where you'll find Merewether Beach. Some of the best surfing in the Central Coast can be found at North Avoca, and the consistent waves of Terrigal are a good place to take a surfing lesson.
Fishing, surfing, boating and kayaking are all available, with equipment available to rent at Avoca and other beachside towns.
South of Sydney, from Stanwell Park to Wollongong to Shellharbour to Eden, there are many excellent surf beaches. The South Coast offers unmatched beauty with ideal surf breaks for beginners and powerful waves for the more advanced surfer. Surf Camp Australia is based at Gerroa.
Rent a car or a campervan in Sydney from companies such as Mighty Cars and Campers and Camperman Australia, and drive to secluded surfing spots like Mystics and The Farm at Shellharbour. Werri Beach at Gerringong, south of Kiama, has point breaks at both ends of the beach plus a beachside campground and a youth hostel.